Next month, after a three-year makeover, the Hawaiian Hall at Bishop Museum will shake off its drop cloths and stand proudly revealed. Paint that had previously covered the 1889 building’s steel posts, for example, was stripped, unveiling intricate printed details. The hall’s Victorian-era display cases have been updated to contemporary standards of conservation for temperature control and lighting, which means that more of the museum’s 1.2 million artifacts can safely be shown to the public. New touch-screens and audiovisual displays make the story of the Hawaiian people more interactive for visitors. Here, mountmaker George Johnson finalizes a case containing ipu (bottle gourds).
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